About Ben

Check out my about.me profile!

My name is Ben Read. I am a Youth Pastor who currently is serving 6th-12th grade students and their families at West Gate Baptist Church in Trenton, IL, a town of about 2,700 people.

I am the son of a Pastor who is currently serving in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, in Lake Zurich, IL. I am the youngest of 5 kids, all of whom have gone into Ministry.

This past summer, I married my beautiful wife Sarah, who grew up in Rhode Island, who I met while we both attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

I have a great passion for Youth Ministry and doing it the best way possible. I love students, and I love the adults who want to work with them.  I have had this passion since I was 15 years old and a Youth Pastor took me under his wing and mentored me in a way that I can never thank him for. My prayer is that just like my mentor, I would train up future Faith Leaders who would change the world.

4 Responses to “About Ben”

  1. 2700 people? Wow. That is small.

    Did you grow up in Chicago? That’s what I’m inferring. So… that’s a big change in scenery. I grew up in a fairly big city in Massachusetts, and now my wife and I are pastoring in a town of 30,000. I thought that was small.

    I like reading your stuff. And I appreciate your frustrations and struggles. I think I have a lot of the same ones, as I mentioned in a comment on another one of your posts a few minutes ago.

    Anyway, keep it up.

  2. i wished i lived in IL! i have really enjoyed reading your blog. thanks for bringing it!

  3. Looking forward to your posts. I just subscribed to your RSS. The small town youth ministry is distinct and needs a good voice.

    • Thanks Brandon. Im enjoying your site as well, and enjoyed our mini twitter conversation today.

      And yeah, Small Town Youth Ministries make up such a large portion of the youth ministries in this country, we need a stronger voice. I won’t ever claim to be that voice, but hope to be part of the conversation.

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